|Winners – ChiDale, Angelo, Antonia and Tre. The winner gets a six night trip to New Zealand. Say hi to Phil for us , and watch out for orcs . Bottom line – Antonia’s peas and carrots were a hit, Angelo’s chocolate impressed, Tre’s fish was successfully treated as the star of the plate, and Dale’s restraint and egg skills were golden for Wylie.
Dale takes the win, although I expected it to go to Angelo. I am much happier to see Dale win, as I liked his dish a lot more. And we can’t let Angelo get even cockier than he is now. Of course, it’s not like Dale is suffering from a lack of confidence.
Losers – Stephen, SF Tiff, Fabio and Miami Dale are sent to the chopping block. In one fell swoop, Season 1 is in danger of being knocked out of the All-Star season.
Fabio admits to his lack of Asian skills, and Bourdain throws him a bone stating that smarter people than them have failed to figure out Chang. Tom played bad cop and killed him for having too much fat and an over-reduced sauce.
Stephen is frustrated because he considers himself an expert in Italian food, prompting some smirks and a virtual heart attack from Fabio. Bourdain nails him on the unpleasant scent of the food, although Kate says it was a shame because the fish was cooked very well.
Tiff just had troubles and Tom tells her she seemed to do too much and wound up with a dish that started to fall apart, and was watery and mushy. Bourdain thought it was a parody of Wylie rather than homage.
In the end, it was the two dishes that were just too unpleasant to eat that get nailed – Stephen and Miami Dale. It’s a shame, because Dale is a lot of fun. Stephen seemed out of his league, but Dale was a runner-up. He is looking forward to returning for Top Chef 16: Seniors. We’ll be watching.
Next week – The U.S. Open. Someone is bleeding, probably Jamie. Spike’s hair is starting to take over his body, if only he had more hats.
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